The specialized system(s) of a bicycle that insulate a rider from rough terrain.

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I self serviced my front-suspension - now its not bottoming out

So to clarify, I followed the instructions from RockShox about how to service my front-suspension. Serviced both my upper and lower legs. Swapped some of the o-rings and seals. Added the designated ...
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Replacement Forks for Giant Roam 2 2012

I would like to find an as similar as possible replacement fork for my 2012 Giant Roam 2. (They have rusted over time). The full spec of the bike is here: ...
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Brand new Trek X-Caliber 7 - RockShox 30 Silver lockout not working

I just bought a brand new bike fitted with RockShox 30 Silver front forks and took it for a ride on disused railway gravel cycle track. The lockout dial does not seem to do anything. This is my first ...
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Why do modern mountain bike forks no longer use boots on fork stanchions?

Why do modern mountain bike forks no longer use boots on fork stanchions? Older mountain bikes used to have them on the forks, and lefty and headshocks still do. Why have these fallen out of fashion ...
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Experiences of the Cannondale Headshok system?

Does anyone have any experience of the Cannondale Headshok suspension system, where the shock is in the head tube / above the fork? Are they reliable? I'm looking at a Cannondale Bad Boy 2 (2013) and ...
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Rebound doesn't work on a Rock Shox Recon Air

On my Trek Fuel Ex6 I have a Rock Shox Recon Air fork with rebound valve. The valve has a 2,5mm allen key for adjustment, but it seems broken. The Trek Suspension Setup Guide tells me to set the ...
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what kind of grease to use on front shocks

I have managed to release my shocks from the compressed position. The uppers look in very good nick. It has a little corrosion on the uppers. I brought a tub of pure bike eco grease ages ago and ...
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Retrofit lockout for a suspension fork?

I am new for cycling. I am searching for bikes on which I will ride mostly on roads, but also on terrains/mountains occasionally. After doing a few researches online, I finally decided to buy a hybrid ...
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Is front-suspension a false-economy for cheaper bikes?

I'm a 30 year old male looking to purchase my first non-department store bike. I haven't biked in more than a couple years. My use-case is 90% asphalt (inner-city, occasional low-speed highway) and ...
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SR Suntour Fork Disassembly - No Screw/Bolt near Dropouts / Giant Sedona LX 2005

I have a Giant Sedona LX... probably from 2005 (?) with an SR Suntour fork on it. Magnesium... I'm trying to disassemble the fork to inspect whether it is rusted (and will be tossed as it is not ...
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Suntour xctV2 appaeared to be locked in place and have no movement at all

I'm new to suspension on bike and if I put all my weight down on the suspension it doesn't go down? It's a used Specialized Hardrock. Only paid £230 for it. All other parts brand new, literally ...
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Tapered suspension fork on a 2003 Surly Karate Monkey frame

Is there any way I can run a modern tapered 1 1/2" to 1 1/8" tapered suspension fork on a 2003 Surly Karate Monkey (Original frame style with V-brake and Disc Brake Mounts). I think it only works with ...
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Am I going to get injured mountain biking if I don't have rear suspension?

On the several occasions I've gone mountain biking, I was using a nice borrowed bike with full suspension and it felt nice. I'm told that rear suspension, though nice, is not necessarily a must-have. ...
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How does riding on bumpy road while suspension fork locked and without slow down effects?

Is urban riding on bumpy road while suspension fork locked and without slow down harming to my bike or me? I don't care about my comfort so much. I don't want to slow down or to lose energy.
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Dual air forks negative positive chamber pressure equality

Regarding solo air forks everything is clear. Once we bumped both chambers pressure is equal. But why for dual air forks air pressure doesn't try to get equal in both chambers? What's the point of ...
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Fork leaking oil?

After finishing my last two rides on my second hand bought bike, I've noticed both stanchions appear as if they are leaking oil Could it be just WD residues or excess suspension oil?
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Making a Cannondale BadBoy ride softer

I have a Cannondale BadBoy with slick tyres, no suspension etc. On roads the ride is fine, but I do less of that these days and more along tracks (e.g. unmaintained paths, towpaths etc.). On ...
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Specialized Brain problem

I have been searching for a while regarding a problem with my Specialized Brain. Here is the story.. I bought a 2008 Specialized Stumpjumper Expert 2nd hand and immediately noticed air in the shock. ...
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Fork damper circuit reconditioning

I have a rockshox Dart II from 2007. I have recently rebuilt it for the first time in 9 years as it had basically locked up, and not so surprisingly given its neglectful treatment, its still not ...
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Is it possible to service Specialized Brain suspension systems at home?

I like to do all my own work on my bike, and with other forks and shocks I've had, I've been able to find the necessary service manuals and specialty tools to overhaul the systems myself at the end of ...
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Building an Entry Level MTB. How should I choose suspension forks?

I am new to Mountain Biking. I just bought a CRONUS HOLTS 330 (Hardtail) with Shimano gear system and disk brakes. Its a 19" frame with 26" tyres. All aluminium pretty light weight. The brakes are ok ...
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120 mm fork with a frame designed for 100 mm fork?

I have a Cube Reaction Team 2011. It came with a Fox Alps 32 fork, 100 mm travel (26"). The fork is now ruined and I need a replacement (on a rather tight budget) and I found a good price for a ...
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Pros and cons of single-sided forks (Cannondale Lefty)?

Looks like they save some weight, but how do they have a better strength/weight ratio than a traditional two legged fork? With the single-legged fork the fork and axle must resist huge bending all ...
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How do I adjust my rear coil suspension?

I have a full suspension bike with rear spring-style suspension. I find the rear suspension too soft. How do I make it firmer?
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Fork stays in compressed position while locked

So I recently replaced the stock suspension forks on my Giant Cypress Hybrid with a Suntour CR9 Lock-out fork I noticed that (like my mountain bike with a Manitou fork), I can engage the lockout while ...
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Front suspension seized - what can I do

I have mistreated my bike and now am regretting it. The front forks are completely stuck. I took the end cap off the forks there's a bolt there but it's like 12 inches deep. Where the heck can I buy a ...
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What rear shock will fit my Scott spark 2009?

Can anyone tell me what rear shock will fit my 2009 Scott Spark 60? I brought the bike second hand with the wrong rear shock, because of the current shock the geometry of the bike is incorrect. It ...
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Suggested maintenance for rear shock between service intervals?

Typical rear shock has a suggested service interval around 150 hours or a year. What is a suggested maintenance between those service intervals? Just oil the stanchion from outside? Any technique to ...
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Why isn't my suspension bouncy?

I recently bought a Carreras centos limited edition mountain bike. I want to find out how to make my suspension bouncier and I want to experience a MUCH more comfortable ride. I have tried fiddling ...
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Cyclo-cross versus Cross bike

My bicycle was recently stolen and I'm now trying to get a replacement. I had the Merida Crossway XT Edition ...
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Pre-load of suspension forks on one side only

I have a question about suspension forks that have a pre-load knob only on one side. I believe having it on one side only is not uncommon, and the other side is often equipped with a lock-out knob. ...
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What maintenance does a front suspension fork need?

I've just bought a used bike on eBay, its a 2002 Marin Bobcat Trail. It has 'In-Sync 266' suspension forks. This is my first suspension bike so I need some guidance in the use and maintenance of these ...
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Front suspension or full suspension mountain bike

I'm considering buying a mountain bike and have narrowed it down to two models (make and model aren't important for this question). One model is a full suspension bike (front and back), the other is ...
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needing new front suspension

I have an old Schwinn sidewinder 2.6 mountain bike. I'm starting to get into better trails and I want to upgrade my front suspension. It has the standard 1-1/8 steering, but its a threaded shaft. Does ...
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Front wheel Fork is having scratches and Oil is getting leaked from it?

I thought that it might be a fault of Oil seal but Mechanic was telling that I have to replace both the fork If I replace only the Oil & Oil seal then again It will leak oil. Is it a dangerous ...
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Does there exist optimal damping setting for all terrains?

When ζ = 1, there is a double root γ (defined above), which is real. The system is said to be critically damped. A critically damped system converges to zero as fast as possible without oscillating ...
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Do I need to take my weight off the bike to lock out the suspension?

I've recently bought myself a new mountain bike (my first since my schooldays...) and it has front suspension with a lock-out function. Suspension is new to me and I'm not sure how to use the ...
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Upgrade suspension on hard tail MTB

I have a Suntours xcm (spring 80mm) on my hard tail. I drive more frequent and more pretentious. So I consider to upgrade my fork. How can I tell if I need a better one? What can a good air-suspension ...
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Cost-efficient rear suspension [closed]

In the coming year I might be on the look for a new mountain bike. As always, cost is something to consider and as such I'm wondering: What's currently the most cost-efficient full-suspension ...
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Rockshox Quadra 21R — Removal tips for old brittle elastomer

I am tuning up the mountain bike I purchased in 1994, which has the old yellow Rockshox Quadra 21R front suspension fork. I have found a nice video on YouTube which shows how to service the ...
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Resources for suspension setup and tuning? [closed]

I recently aquired a full suspension bike. However, I have had a hard time finding resources which tell me comprehensive strategies for setting up the suspension (Air pressure, adjustment, dial ...
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Are there special concerns traveling by plane carrying Air shocks?

Are there any special concerns or precautions to take when traveling by plane with a bike that has air shock or air fork? Is it necesary to take the air out or is it safe to leave them as they are? ...
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What is the purpose of suspension lockout?

I'm trying to decide which 29'er bike I want to purchase and one of them has lockout. I know what lockout does but I'm not sure what it is used for and if I will need it. Thanks
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Suspension seat post is loose

Is it ok that a suspension seat post like the one shown below (source: cyclande.com) is actually a bit loose (moves a bit left-right and probably also up-down). The vendor told that for such seats ...
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Why top touring bikes have no suspension forks?

I'm in the search for a new long distance touring bike, and I'm surprised that most top models have no front suspension (IDWorks, Tout Terrain, Koga, etc.). It looks like front suspension is a rarity ...
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MTB with gears or non gears, suspension or non-suspension for stunts?

I am planning to buy an MTB for learning stunts...(BTW my family wont allow me to buy a BMX because of its height). So my question is shall I go for MTB with front suspension or not and with gears or ...
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What is the advantage of a reverse arch suspension fork?

There are a couple of suspension fork manufacturers that have adopted a fork design where the lowers have a reversed arch. I can't see that they claim any particular performance advantages for it, ...
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Advice needed re Carbon Fiber vs Shocks

I am an occasional rider who bought my last bike 15 years ago (an all-aluminium Saracen with shocks). I've put about 400-500 miles this year and am thinking of taking up one of the Cycle to Work ...
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Can you attach front panniers to shocks?

I'm going on a bike trip and need the extra storage supplied by front panniers. But my bike has front suspension. I can replace the fork with a solid one but that will increase my costs. Is it A) ...
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Good Brands for Front Pannier Rack on Suspension Forks [closed]

I've heard people talk a lot about Old Man Mountain racks. What other options are there? Roughly speaking, in your experience, how do they compare? I'm specifically interested in this for touring ...